New Delhi, Mar 18: Organisers of weddings, political rallies, religious gatherings and other such events will be responsible for removing plastic litter at the venue and any violations will invite penalties, the government announced today.
The new Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, notified by the Environment Ministry also brings rural areas under its ambit and stipulates that only authorised shops and street vendors may provide plastic bags to customers after displaying "prominently" that they would be charged for the same.
The new rules have also increased the minimum thickness of plastic carry bags from the earlier 40 to 50 micron. Environment Ministry officials said that from now on, plastic bags whose thickness is below 50 micron have been banned.
"15,000 tonnes of plastic waste are generated everyday of which 9,000 tonnes are collected. The rest 6,000 tonnes remains uncollected. In a year, 2 million tonnes of plastic waste is generated.
"Therefore, the Centre is notifying the new plastic waste management rules today. This is part of revamping all the waste management rules, including solid waste, e-waste, biomedical waste, construction and demolition and hazardous waste management," Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.
He said that earlier these rules were applicable at the town level but have been now extended to all villages and gram panchayats. He said the rules are being notified after a process that lasted ten months and involved consultations and deliberations.
"Waste generators, including institutional generators, event organisers shall not litter the plastic waste but segregate it and hand it over to the authorised agency. (They should) pay user fee as prescribed by urban local bodies and spot fine in case of violation," the new rules said.
The new rules said that the manufacture and use of non- recyclable multi-layered plastic will also be phased out within a span of two years.